Friday, July 24, 2009

Mystery

Five minutes before we were planning on walking out the door for a little 2 night camping trip with some friends, I got a good look at Alec's face. The few little red spots that I thought were irritation from lunch getting on his face turned into a rash on his cheeks. We spend the next 40 min on the phone with an advice nurse and doctor and decided it was probably a harmless (maybe heat) rash since there were no other serious symptoms and to give him Benadryl if it seemed to bother him.

So, we went camping. 4 hours later we're putting him to bed and it looks a little worse. We take another good look at it when it got light (notice I didn't say we looked at it when we woke up... we were awake many times before it got light, but that's a different story for a different time).

Its much worse. His whole face is swollen, his lips are so big they're cracking a bit, he's talking a little funny, and feels a little hot (we forgot the thermometer). The rash has spread to halfway down his back and tummy as well as along his arms and legs. Its no longer individual red spots on his face its entirely raised red patches.

We pack up and go home and see the doctor later this afternoon. After many questions the first doctor frankly admits she's no idea and brings in another. The second doctor doesn't have any ideas either and they send for another (more experienced 'rash doctor'). He has some better ideas, notices some junk on Alec's tonsils, and finds swollen/extra? lymph nodes along his neck. We take Alec over to the lab to get some blood work done to check for Epstein-Barr Virus and Strep throat. Throughout all of this, Alec is hot, grumpy, and freaked-out by the doctors and blood tests. So... Alec is a mystery. What is this bright red, raised, swollen rash affecting his skin, breathing and temperature (by now, he's got a low-grade fever)? Hopefully we'll find out when we go back tomorrow.

4 comments:

nicole said...

um.. tori had a fever all day... let me know if you find out what it is...

Radene said...

I hope you find out soon. Poor Alec. It sounds like an allergic reaction to something. We love you and will be praying for you.

Michelle said...

Brittney, I found your blog and have enjoyed reading about your family. I am so sorry about Alec. I hope he begins feeling better. Hopefully he is just having an allergic reaction and you can figure out what it is and then stay away from it. Sending prayers your way...
Michelle (McClellan) Boyd

MandaMommy said...

I was going to tell you before you left that he sounded like something was going on with his throat... Have you found out anything yet?